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RE: question about brumating

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Posted by: laurarfl at Mon Nov 1 08:46:44 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by laurarfl ]  
   

Tegus are definitely different than beardies. Without consistent handling, they will become skittish. It could be beginning to hibernate, but it's always best to check husbandry. Are the basking temps up to 110-ish? Does he have a quality UVB at the appropriate distance preferable without a screen barrier? Does he receive calcium supplementation on every meal that does not contain bones?

I had a hatchling that was born at the end of Aug and hibernated by Thanksgiving. The red I have now is an adult and he's still up and and down a bit, but sleeps most of the time. They all seem to have individual patterns when housed separately.

As for taming, you just need to handle him every day. Some people like to place a worn shirt in the sleeping area to associate your scent with the safe place. I also found that picking up to feed outside of the enclosure helped form that positive association of handling.


   

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